Ten thousand hours seem like only yesterday

Every now and then something I read in a book — something that doesn’t seem to apply to me at all — turns out later to be true. Here’s the story of my latest discovery, beginning with the math. I started writing this column in March 1996, alternating weeks with former Davis resident Stephanie Szmyd. […]

March 11, 2012 | Posted in Columns | Tagged ,

He can’t act like he’s interested

Dear Annie: “John” and I have been married for 15 years. He is a wonderful person and a great father to our two young girls. Our relationship is fine on the surface, but it’s emotionally empty. There is little intimacy, which has been an issue throughout our marriage. It manifests itself periodically in arguments that […]

March 10, 2012 | Posted in Columns | Tagged ,

Well-crafted, with a message

Bravo to Susan Leonardi for her Wineaux column Thursday. I so enjoy her well-crafted writing not so much because I’m a connoiseur of great wine — although I’ve purchased several of her modestly priced suggestions — but because she takes her readers on a lovely journey to get to the wine samplings. Thursday’s was a […]

March 11, 2012 | Posted in Letters | Tagged ,

Our city remains unaffordable

Bruce Gallaudet’s recent column inaccurately portrays me as “biting the hand of those that served me” for those years when I was a student in the Davis school district. To the contrary, I have been a consistent attendee of the Blue & White Foundation’s annual Hall of Fame Dinner and of school and class reunions, […]

March 11, 2012 | Posted in Letters | Tagged ,

Davis’ green/red divide

The map showing how the various precincts in this town had voted on Measure C could scarcely have been more striking. Virtually all of Davis was colored in green, representing precincts that had voted for the measure. With just a few lonely exceptions, only the southeast part of the city was colored solidly in red. […]

March 11, 2012 | Posted in Letters | Tagged ,

All students deserve better

I voted “no” on Measure C, but I was not comfortable campaigning against it. Since the impacts of failure would have been painful to many Davis school kids, I believe each vote was a personal decision that should not be influenced by standard political gamesmanship. Now that the measure has passed, I feel safe to […]

March 11, 2012 | Posted in Letters | Tagged ,

Limbaugh, Monsanto, the Occupy movement, and the line connecting them

Well, poo. All the really great eviscerations of Rush Limbaugh have been written. Maureen Dowd did it best (New York Times, March 3) and Jon Stewart did it funniest (The Daily Show, March 5), so commenting now would just be gratuitous piling on. Nonetheless, I feel gypped, so I must pile a little. I was […]

March 11, 2012 | Posted in Columns | Tagged ,

Education access is about to shrink

Just in case anyone doubts that repeated, seemingly perpetual state budget crises don’t have real-life effects on ordinary citizens, check out what’s already happened and what’s about to happen to education at almost every level in California. Once the world’s best public school system, with access to classes guaranteed from kindergarten at age 5 and […]

March 11, 2012 | Posted in Columns | Tagged ,

G-8 summit moves from Chicago to Camp David

The issue: Occupy movement takes credit for the change in venue According to the White House, when the thought came up to move the G-8 summit from Chicago — scheduled to be held there for at least the past year — President Barack Obama was “intrigued by the novelty of the idea.” Well, that’s one […]

March 11, 2012 | Posted in Our View | Tagged ,

What do you think: Who should be the GOP presidential nominee?

Cherie Rita legal secretary, Davis/Winters: “I’m Republican and I’m not leaning one way or another. I don’t like any of them.” Mallory Khamchanh student, Sacramento: “Mitt Romney. He has strong beliefs, and my boyfriend talks a lot about him.” Chris Foote medical assistant, Davis: “I’m not sure. I don’t like any of them. I’m an […]

March 11, 2012 | Posted in Forum | Tagged ,

‘All it takes is $5 or more …’

* Editor’s note: Last month, the Davis Waldorf School’s seventh-grade class toured the food closet of the Short-Term Emergency Aid Committee as a follow-up to a canned goods drive the class had sponsored. This is a compilation of the students’ thoughts on the experience, written in their own words. Imagine if you didn’t have enough money […]

March 11, 2012 | Posted in Columns | Tagged ,

A win-win: Helping the poor and helping ourselves

By Robert Bulman The Short-Term Emergency Aid Committee is a local nonprofit organization dedicated to assisting low-income residents of Davis and Yolo County with basic necessities such as food, clothes, and financial aid for rent and utilities. Two years ago, my wife and I decided we wanted to do more for STEAC than just write […]

March 11, 2012 | Posted in Columns | Tagged ,